Christina Pataialii’s paintings operate between abstraction and representation, exploring the tensions that arise from merging culturally specific codes and visual languages. Pataialii’s practice moves through a series of spatial and material experimentations, navigating the relationship between proximity and distance as she explores aspects of identity and spaces of belonging.
Pataialii lives and works in Wellington. Recent solo exhibitions include: Home by Dark (2020) and Wouldn’t it be Nice, McLeavey Gallery (2019); Solid Gold, Te Tuhi, Auckland; Debt, RM Gallery, Auckland; Thoughts and Feelings, mother?, Auckland (all 2018). Recent group exhibitions include: A Place Apart, City Gallery Wellington- Te Whare Toi and This is a Library, Enjoy Contemporary Art Space, Wellington (2020).